Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis
Image credit: Peter Boyd

Australian White Ibis are native wetland birds that have readily adapted to life in urban environments. They feed in urban areas such as dams, artificial lakes, parklands, sports ovals, schools and foreshores and have become accustomed to the presence of humans.


Breeding season in South East Queensland usually peaks during October, November and December. The duration of the breeding season can be extended in urban environments if there is access to food and water. Breeding pairs usually produce one to two young per year, but where resources are abundant a second or third clutch of one to four chicks can be produced. Young ibis can disperse long distances from their birthplace and join unrelated colonies or congregate with other juveniles.


Ibis in urban areas can contribute to:

  • Smell and noise.
  • Damage to vegetation and a reduction in biodiversity.
  • Health and hygiene concerns.
  • Approaching people for food. 

What can be done?

Residents can help by not feeding ibis in parks and at cafes, disposing of rubbish responsibly and covering bins. Businesses may choose to screen outdoor eating areas.

What is council doing?

Moreton Bay Regional Council is involved in a coordinated partnership across South East Queensland to manage numbers of ibis in urban environments.

More Information

For further information contact Council on 07 3205 0555.

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